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BIG List of Helpful 'Learning Spanish' Resources

This may or may not come in handy, but I thought I'd share a list of good resources that I've come across in my language studies. Duolingo is awesome, but of course it takes a village. I haven't read every book, movie, or resource in here so I can't vouch for all material (those I haven't yet were at least recommendations), but I have explored much of it. If you have any additional resources please do share.

Apologies for the lack of descriptions, there's just too many to go through and annotate so you'll have to do some exploration :)

<h1>General Tools/Resources</h1> <h1>YouTube Channels & Links</h1> <h1>Twitter Feeds to Follow</h1> <h1>Textbooks</h1> <h1>Standard books (non-textbook)</h1> <h1>Cuentos (short stories)</h1> <h1>News, Blogs, General Reading</h1> <h1>TV Stations to learn spanish</h1> <h1>Connect with Spanish speakers</h1> <h1>Podcasts</h1> <h1>Games</h1> <h1>Quora answers</h1> <h1>Applications/Tools</h1> <h1>Recommendations By Others</h1> <h1>Movies</h1> <h1>Great titles on IMDB</h1> <h1>A list of great comedy titles on IMDB</h1> <h1>Books</h1> <h1>Music</h1> <h1>Subjuntive</h1> <h1>Moral Support</h1>
October 11, 2013

46 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisrooot

I've been following this podcast for a few months now and it's been a huge help. I suggest checking it out! Current world news spoken very clearly and a bit slower, thankfully. Even includes a grammar "lesson" in each episode. :D

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/spanish-podcast/id305590390


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Great, thanks for sharing! I've added this to the list.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALoUSyUseRnaME

I've never used these online games but: http://www.digitaldialects.com/Spanish.htm

http://www.quia.com/shared/spanish/

Oh, and also, how do you make the subtitles so big?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Are you familiar with Markdown? It's a plain-text formatting syntax that translates to HTML. I'm not sure to what degree Duolingo supports it in comments since there's no mention of it on the site that I see, but I gave it a quick test on this post and basic formatting does work. Check this out for syntax details http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dnovinc

Someone wrote on reddit a list of things that work in Duolingo. The link is here with some examples of text formating: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/781395$comment_id=782959


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Thanks, but this probably sounds really dumb, but I can't seem to find it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Not dumb :)

There's nothing to 'find'. Markdown lets you add characters right in the body of your content so you don't need a wizzywig (what you see is what you get) editor. Basically, you just add certain formatting characters in your text and it automatically formats it into html when you save it. For example:

<h1>Example using '===' under this text</h1>

Example using '---' under this text

Does that make sense? If not, see this for more info http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-and-tips/markdown-the-ins-and-outs/.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gagavuz
<h1>Hello world</h1>

one two three

whoa thanks man


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Oh, so you can have an editor or do emthis/em

EDIT: Okay, never mind I'm really messed up today.

<h1>Or like this?</h1>

EDIT: Ok thanks! Figured it out! And sorry for spamming your notification bell (probably)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Cool, no worries!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LingPenguin

There's lots of great stuff on here. I'd found the Coffee Break Spanish podcast a week or so ago, and I can vouch that it's very useful. I've only listened to the first five so far, but I am finding them very useful. I'm just looking forward to when I get to the "level 2" section, since there they have three podcasts in a row dedicated to "por" vs. "para", which I'm struggling with a fair amount ;P.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

I would put first : rae.es


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/espomama

Thanks for sharing your list!

I also find that having a Facebook account in Spanish is quite helpful - my news feed is 99% Spanish, all my friends speak Spanish, and even my settings are in - you guessed it - Spanish.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lechuza-chouette

Super! This list should be in a FAQ somewhere.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Writingsuus

Nice list :) As a game I would recommend Scribblenauts Unlimited. You can play and install this game in Spanish. It's a game with puzzles and you need to write down words to complete the puzzle.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Thanks for the suggestion, added to the list. I'll have to pick this up and give it a go.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LingPenguin

Something that was posted in the Duo forums ( http://www.duolingo.com/comment/949583 to give credit to the person who posted) about readlang.com and it definitely deserves to be on this list. You can read a bunch of stuff in a bunch of languages, or import your own ebooks, and if you click on a word it'll translate, and it'll keep track of which words you have the most trouble with and drill them with you, with the frequency with which the words are used included in their algorithm. I thought it seemed interesting, and I've been having fun with it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Great resource, thanks for sharing. I've added this to the list.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

Don't forget these links at wikia and perhaps you should also have your page referenced here: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Spanish


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PeacockBlue

There's another great site for Spanish learners, especially for clearing up doubts on grammar and vocab. Here's a page from it, providing a full list of False Friends in Spanish: http://www.elearnspanishlanguage.com/vocabulary/falsosamigos.html


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VStarTraveler

Great list! I've made good use of a very few of those and the iTranslate app on my phone, but didn't know about 98% of them. I've saved it in my study Word file and notebook for future reference with your name on it. Thanks for putting it together.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

You bet! Hope it comes in handy :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lyarra
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Incredible list of resources. Thanks for posting. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ScottON

For Spanish games and a more immersive experience change the language of your smart phone to the target language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MultiLinguAlex

Fantastic list! I will start learning Spanish intensively in 2 or 3 years. Does anybody have a similiar (even much smaller) list for learning French, too?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JennyWensing

Thanks a lot - great list of resources!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/permanentexile

I like the game mindsnacks! Spanish among other languages like Chinese and Japanese are offered too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Yes, totally forgot about this. I've played this on IOS and find it really helpful for vocab. Thanks, added to the list.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_owla

¬°muchas gracias! :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eirajea

Thanks sooo much for the list!!! Sorry to bother you more, but do you know any good sites for learning Japanese?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vietnam

Thanks for this list ... and for continually updating it. I'm leaving a comment so that I can find it again.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lindafraser

This is a wonderful list, thank you. I hope that DL has added or will add it as a sticky for all would-be Spanish learners.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/languagemonkey2

Great . . . lingots for you!

Some sources I would recommend:

"501 Spanish Verbs" by Christopher Kendris. Really helpful for learning verbs, but looks a bit complicated at first glance (I had to go step by step). Really helped my spanish.

On youtube, users "lightspeed spanish" and "Easy Languages" - really useful.

https://www.youtube.com/user/LightSpeedSpanish https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA5UIoabheFMo9oB_AF7JftV34ecOalvM

Hope this helps.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nepal16

Great, thanks for sharing!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jesus849123

More Helpful 'Learning Spanish' Resources

Real television

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4114 videos

These videos are authentic, with real native people, they are not artists or teachers. Learn appreciated Castilian accent

https://www.youtube.com/user/TelemedinaCanal9

;):)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jeff.suter

Excellent list. Hope this thread stays active and is used as a vital resource by everyone in this community for a long time to come.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathan--

I've found http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/ and its sister site, http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/latino/?force_switch, to be great resources for listening comprehension. I typically listen to the podcast, then review the flashcards available for each episode, which translate most of the harder vocabulary, then listen to the podcast again. I (at least) feel like my comprehension is improving sharply.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chrisfay

Thanks for sharing! I've added these to the Podcast section of the list.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Allen4608

Thanks Chris for all this information


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/morgaaan_

i did a mini one of this


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nepal16

Can you send me some information link for spanish writing for the conversation writing in email, professional writing for travel and tourism


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/durasplice

I am doing Memrise as well as Duoling. Thanks for the tips I will look through your suggestions.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VolkanElci

This topic is simply amazing. Thank you very much


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/carletta2020

This is great for pronunciation and written accents:

http://spanish4texas.org/FON-damentos

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